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No. 3
Cesar Nicolas

Junior
INF

Right/Right
6-4 * 225

Miami, Fla.
(Westminster Christian)

Corbin's Comments: "Vanderbilt's top hitting infielder and top long-ball
threat. Should see most of his action at first base. Very capable third
baseman who has improved his strength in the weight room a great deal."

As a Sophomore (2002): Started all of Vanderbilt's 51 games (46 games at third base; five at designated hitter)... One of four VU players to start all of the team's games... Tied for second in the league with 13 hit by pitches; led the league with seven hit by pitches in conference games... Finished third on the team with eight multi-RBI games... Tied for fourth on the team with 14 multi-hit games... Ranked among VU's top five batters in nine categories, including walks (tied for first-24), RBI (second-35), home runs (third-6) on base percentage (third-.389), slugging percentage (fourth-.432), runs scored (fourth-32), doubles (fourth-12), total bases (tied for fourth-82) and hits (fifth-52)... Ended the year fourth on the team with 231 plate appearances and 190 at bats...Hit safely in 35 of 51 games, never going more than three games without a hit... Ended the year on a season-high six-game hit streak, batting .320 (8-for-25) with seven RBI, two home runs and runs scored... Went .417 (5-for-12) in the Georgia series with three doubles, three RBI and four runs scored... Four days after the death of his father (Cesar), Nicolas hit an emotional solo homer that sparked an 11-5 win over Connecticut (3/1)... Hit walk-off three-run home run to win season opener against Tennessee Tech 6-4; homer was the first in newly completed Hawkins Field... Hit .209 with five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI during the 2002 summer with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League... Selected to the Cape Cod All-Star East team and finished second in the league's All-Star Home Run Derby.

As a Freshman (2001): Appeared in 13 games with one start... Made first collegiate start at UAB (3/6), walking twice... Recorded first collegiate hit (a double) and RBI against Bradley (2/25)... Hit .290 with a league-high 10 home runs during the summer with the Florence Red Wolves of the Coastal Plains League. High School: Helped lead Westminster Christian to three state titles in 1996-98, and the 2000 district championship... Captain of team his senior season... Batted .347 with three home runs, seven doubles and six stolen bases as a senior... Named second team All-Dade County... Batted .400 with two home runs, 12 doubles, and eight stolen bases as a junior... Holds school record for hits in a game with five... Lettered in basketball and football in 1999 and 2000... Member of National Honor Society... Chose Vanderbilt over Florida Southern and
Texas... Coached by Juan Ramero.

Personal: Cesar Jesus Nicolas... Son of Cesar and Modesta Nicolas... Born 4/17/82 in Queens, N.Y.... Has a brother, Jose and a sister, Jessica... Brother plays professional baseball in the Independent League... Sister attends South Florida... Majoring in Human and Organizational Development... Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Campus Crusade... Volunteer activities include visiting the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and participating in Kids Zone... Favorites include rice and beans, "Baseball Tonight," the musical group Jars of Clay and the New York Yankees... Favorite baseball player is Alex Rodriguez... One word that best describes him is friendly... Favorite comedian is Martin Lawrence... Most treasured possession is his family... Enjoys watching movies and traveling... Favorite sport besides baseball is basketball... Advice to youngsters is "Dream big and believe in yourself."

Career Highs
Hits: 3, 3x; last vs. Georgia (3/22/02)
HRs: 1, 6x; last at Tennessee (5/18/02)
RBIs: 4, 3x; last vs. Western Kentucky (5/7/02)
Runs: 3, 2x; last vs. South Carolina (4/14/02)
SB: 1, 2x; last at Central Florida (3/8/02)
Hitting Streak: 6 games; 1x (5/11-5/19/02)

Batting vs. The SEC
Team AVG GP AB H HR RBI
Alabama .000 1 0 0 0 0
Arkansas .500 1 4 2 0 1
Auburn .154 4 13 2 0 0
Florida .182 4 13 2 0 0
Georgia .455 3 11 5 0 3
Kentucky .250 3 12 3 1 4
LSU .214 4 14 3 0 0
Ole Miss .167 4 12 2 0 2
Miss. St. .250 3 8 2 0 1
USC .182 4 11 2 0 0
Tennessee .308 3 13 4 1 3
Total .248 33 109 27 2 14

Nicolas' Career Statistics

Year AVG GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB A
2001 .143 13 1 14 2 2 1 0 0 2 3 .214 5 0 4 0 .368 0 0 0 0
2002 .274 51 51 190 32 52 12 0 6 35 82 .432 24 13 37 2 .389 2 2 2 3
Tot. .265 64 52 204 34 54 13 0 6 37 85 .417 29 13 41 2 .387 2 2 2 3

Fielding
Year PO A E FLD%
2001 4 12 2 .889
2002 38 76 14 .891
Total 42 88 16 .890

 






 



 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
                   
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